RMIT is committed to the practice of incorporating sustainability principles and practices into learning and teaching, research and operational activities.
The Sustainability Committee works to embed sustainability into the governance structure and strategic planning process to set a standard and show leadership commitment across RMIT.
The Sustainability Policy models institution-wide excellence in integrating sustainability into all activities. It aims to make RMIT a living laboratory, encouraging research that engages with internal infrastructure, process and people.
Sustainability Action Plan
The Sustainability Action Plan aims to embed sustainability across all aspects of RMIT life, with the goal of reducing resource consumption, establishing RMIT as a leader in sustainable practice, education and research, whilst ensuring the University is able to adapt to future sustainability issues.
Commitments and targets
Australian Technology Network (ATN)
The ATN commitment is to make sustainability a focus in RMIT’s teaching and learning programs, research, infrastructure and operations.
Graduates of RMIT will have engaged in processes to develop their abilities to recognise environmental and social impacts and to provide leadership on sustainable approaches to complex problems.
Key research areas for RMIT are sustainability and climate change challenges.
Emissions Reduction Target
RMIT has committed to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 25 per cent by 2020 based on 2007 levels.
Emissions Offset Commitment
RMIT has made a commitment to offset 20 per cent of the University’s electricity profile through the purcahse of carbon offsets.
In 2009, RMIT University was jointly named with Macquarie University as the first Fair Trade University in Australia by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ).
RMIT became a signatory to the Talloires Declaration in 1995, a document containing the signatures of higher education institution leaders, pledging that their respective institution will become world leaders in developing, supporting and maintaining sustainability.
RMIT participates in the City of Melbourne's 1200 Buildings Program which aims to reduce energy, water and carbon emissions through the retrofit of commercial buildings.
Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS)
RMIT is a member of ACTS a forum which aspires to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the Australasian tertiary education sector.
RMIT is involved in 202020 Vision, an initiative of the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia, which plans to make all urban areas 20 per cent greener by 2020.